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joe biden of the u.s., and he stopped off in berlin on the way to the meeting. >> the u.s. vice-president peter were when visit to the german capital and his first to the german chancellery. he held an equally brief press conference after talks with chancellor merkel, giving high praise for trans-atlantic relations. the two reportedly discussed conflicts in syria and moly -- mali but made no public statements on the matter. his next stop is munich for an annual security conference, a meeting of high-ranking international policy makers, and mali and syria will be at the top of the agenda. >> the situation in the entire region is very dangerous, and we have to prevent it from going up in flames. therefore, d escalation and a cautious approach are the order of the day. >> there will be high power talks on the sidelines of the munich conference, including wooing russia to join the coalition of countries opposed to the syrian regime. >> our political correspondent is also in munich to follow the conference for us there. the conflict in syria is likely to be high on the agenda. can we
memory lane for the new u.s. secretary of state on a visit to germany. >> and a step closer to bundesliga. berlin get an important win. and that italy faces political deadlock after the country's national elections produced no clear winner. no single party was able to secure a majority in both houses of parliament. >> the center-left candidate is claiming a narrow victory, but it is not enough for him to build a government. >> former prime minister silvio berlusconi came in a close second. coalition talks are under way, but many italians are unsure they will produce a stable government. >> italian voters have elected new representatives, but where does that leave the country? newspaper headlines are skating. one reads -- the only winner is ungovernability. there's already talk of free elections. >> i do not know what to say. i think we voters are being taken for a ride. >> i have no idea what will happen now. they will reach some kind of decision. everything is in the hands of four or five people again. they just do what they want. >> italy's political landscape is in turmoil. the central
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> barack obama has some unfinished business. the u.s. president says the hard work of millions of americans has not been rewarded and he says it's time to reunite the engine of economic growth. he promised to work on behalf of the middle class in his state of the union address. >> it is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country, the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like or who you love. >> obama made the address before a joint session of congress. he said his first priority is making the country a magnet for new jobs in manufacturing. he said some of those jobs could come through investment and clean energy. he said the extreme weather americans have seen should remind them they need to do more to combat climate change. obama said america will remain the anchor of strong alliances around the world, as he outlined threats from abroad. he criticized north korean leaders a day after they carried out another nuc
is flying to washington for his first talks with u.s. president barack obama since he took office in december. their agenda is packed and their discussions are expected to touch on everything from a wide-ranging free trade deal to punishing north korea. >> translator: i want the summit talks to show the international community that japan and the united states have restored the strong bond of their alliance. >> abe says that alliance became unstable during the former democratic party-led administration. he says he's going to talk to obama about the u.s.-led negotiations for the transpacific partnership. nations that joined the discussions for the free trade agreement are supposed to in principle eliminate all tariffs, but abe doesn't want to abide by the precondition. abe and obama are expected to share ideas on what to do about north korea. scientists in the country last week carried out their third nuclear test. the leaders are expected to agree to push for a u.n. security council resolution imposing new sanctions on pyongyang. >>> government officials say the prime minister will
ship that orbits the earth. it also depicts a unified korean peninsula and u.s. cities engulfed in flames. they believe the launch served as a test for a long-ranged ballistic missile. north korean authorities say they plan to develop and launch much larger rockets up to galaxy nine. >>> chinese maritime surveillance crews started off the week doing something they've done many times before, they navigated into japanese waters near the disputed islands in the east china sea. japan controls the senkaku islands but china and taiwan claim them. japan coast guard personnel say the two surveillance ships entered japanese waters on monday. it's the fifth time this year. the ships kept sailing in the waters despite warnings from coast guard officers. japanese foreign ministry officials launched a protest through china's embassy in tokyo. maritime authorities have increased their presence in the area since japanese leaders nationalized the islands last september. officials in beijing said last month they will conduct regular patrols around the islands. >>> prime minister shinzo abe will
that threatens the lives and safety of south koreans. japanese prime minister shinzo abe and u.s. president barack obama are trying to figure out how to punish north korea. they spoke on the phone and agreed to push for additional sanctions through the united nations security council. abe told obama that the nuclear tests severely damages peace and security not only in northeast asia but around the globe. he said he wants officials in both administrations to work together to bring in financial sanctions. abe cited a previous u.s. sanction as a good example. in 2005 officials at the treasury department imposed penalties on u.s. financial institutions that dealt with north korea. obama said u.s. officials too want to cooperate. he said world leaders need to agree on a firm response. north korean scientists conducted a nuclear test on tuesday in violation of previous u.n. resolutions. abe is set to visit washington later this month to meet with obama in person. >>> obama's new secretary of state gave world leaders a push of his own. john kerry said they need to show they are serious about cont
in the coming months as foreign troops draw dawn u.s. president barack obama announced this week that another 34,000 american service personnel would return home over the next year and surprisingly, for the ultra conservative society, female afghan soldiers will play a key role, filling the vacuum. the afghan army has been training female special forces since 2011. out of the army's 195,000 recruits, more than 1,000 are women. the first females to join a special forces unit says she and her colleagues are up to the task. >> translator: i think women share the same work ethic as men, but women have to use our abilities and work shoulder to shoulder with our brothers. i don't think it's a difficult job. women shouldn't be scared to join the army. >> army night raids are essential to capture insurgents hiding in private homes often alongside women and children. female soldiers are critical to the success of these operations. >> translator: after we finish our clearing duties during night operations, female soldiers can go in and search the women and children, so the young ones don't get too scared.
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> long road ahead. authorities in the u.s. investigate the dreamliner and find its batteries could keep it on the ground for some time to come. u.s. transportation investigators have cast doubt on a quick fix for the problems facing the dreamliner. they say regulators need to rethink their approval of batteries used in the boeing 787. officials from a number of agencies are looking into a string of safety incidents. debra hersman chaired the u.s. national transportation safety board. she said a lithium ion battery sparked a fire on a jet in boston. >> this investigation has demonstrated that a short circuit in a single cell can propagate to adjacent cells and result in smoke and fire. >> engineers packaged eight cells together in designing the battery system for the dreamliner. hersman said they didn't place them far enough apart so trouble in one could affect the others. they have not determined why the batteries short circuiteded. another battery fire forced the pilot of an all nipon airways pilot to make an emergency landing in japan.
. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry says the latest talks were useful. kerry said he hoped iranian leaders will respond positively. >> we look to iran to carefully review an incredible and confidence building steps and put it on the table. >> kerry said u.s. president barack obama made clear his determination to implement his policy that iran will not have a nuclear weapon. >>> pope benedict xvi says he will have unconditional reverence and obedience for his successor. he is just hours away from officially retiring as the head of the catholic church after spending nearly eight years in the post. the pope greeted cardinals on his final day. he told them their advice had been important and he said he was happy to have spent time with them. vatican officials say the cardinals will meet in early march to set the date for a conclave to elect a new pope. benedict xvi is resigning because of old age and poor health. no pope has done that since 1415. he is scheduled to fly by helicopter to the papal retreat in a suburb of rome. his resignation goes into effect at 8:00 p.m. local time. >>>
in general took prime minister abe's u.s. visit in a positive slant as well. so that might be helping. now, there is a great deal of focus, of course, on his policies for boosting growth in japan known as abenomics, which has sent the nikkei up to highs we've seen so far. markets really want to know if this is sustainable, and investors really need to see more action. now, the naming of this new bank of japan governor may really aid a lot of that sentiment, we shall see. but a pretty positive opening here. ai, i will keep track of ku currencies as well as stocks. back to you. >> thank you, ramin. the nik kerks i up 1.9%. ramin touched on it, but the japanese prime minister cleared one hurdle to free trade negotiations in talks last week with u.s. president barack obama. shinzo abe is now back in japan where he'll work on building support at home for the trans-pacific partnership. abe and obama issued a statement on friday after their first summit. they said universal tariff cuts are not a pre-condition for joining the negotiations. japanese opponents to the ttp had said the tariff issue wa
is and will continue to be one of the most important religious thinkers of the age. >> u.s. president barack obama extended thanks and prayers to the pope. obama said he appreciated their work together over the last four years and hoped a successor will be chosen smoothly. the president said he has warm memories of meeting the pontiff in 2009. it drew attention because of the men's differing views on abortion rights. obama told the pope he would do everything he could to reduce the number of a borgsz in the united states. shin pom praised the pope on issues such as poverty, hunger, human rights and the peace. pom said he hoped the wisdom demonstrated by the pope will be a legacy on which to build further dialogue and tolerance. >>> u.s. government officials are taking sides in a dispute in a potentially dangerous situation at sea involving chinese and japanese forces. they're backing tokyo who alleged they lost their weapons radar on a self-defense destroyer. >> with regard to the incident, we were briefed by our japanese allies on the incident, and we've satisfied ourselves that it does appear to
-hour -- >> in his state of the union address, u.s. president barack obama proposes fresh negotiations on a transatlantic free trade agreement. >> pope benedict celebrates his last public mass as pontiff inside st. peter's basilica in rome. >> and the movie "night train to lisbon" has its world premiere at the berlin film festival. president barack obama says the american economy has made important progress, but there is still a long way to go. he delivered the annual state of the union address in washington last night and urged americans to help jump-start the country's sluggish -- sluggish economy. >> pushing hard for a special economy would significant job growth. that looks like the message obama plans to hammer home time and time again during his time in office. >> presidents also touched on foreign policy, praising u.s. soldiers stationed in afghanistan and promising them a speedy return home. >> the president of the united states. [applause] >> it is a washington ritual, long applause, handshakes, and hugs on both sides of the aisle. in his speech, obama focused clearly on domes
that people can wear like a watch. the u.s. patent and trademark office disclosed the patent filing on thursday. the computer has a flexible touch panel display, censors inside detect a change in the state of substrates and automatically adjust the user interface to a new position. the computer wirelessly connects with other portable devices like smartphones. there are rumors that apple is developing a wearable computer. google has also been developing a computer that looks like a pair of eyeglasses. competition in the emerging field of wearable computers is expected to further intensify. >>> new home prices rose in major cities in china last month despite the efforts to reign in speculative activity. officials will expand a pilot property tax program and other measures to curb the price hike. new housing prices rose in january in 53 cities. prices soared 2% or more in the industrial hubs of schennzhen. they went up 1.6% in beijing and 1.1% in wuhan. officials say they will expand taxation on real estate from shanghai to other cities. they say the measure is it to prevent public cri
the u.s. has been proposed. the objective to would be to help stabilize forces after the end of the operation. sources say neighboring countries are expected to play a major role in the operation. >> south korea leaders say they are ready to conduct an underground nuclear test at any time. crews have installed a remote detonator and equipment that will be used to measure radiation. north korean leaders said last month it will conduct their third nuclear test, but didn't say when. government sources say the crews brought a vehicle to the test site in the northeast that will remotely control the detonator. a monitoring device installed will be used to detect any nuclear radioactive material coming out of tunnels after a nuclear explosion. they are working with u.s. forces to monitor the movements of the north korean military. >> a trailer truck loaded with fireworks has exploded on an expressway on the inland chinese province of hernan. there are conflicting reports about the number of dead but the figure could reach into the dozens. the truck was delivering fireworks for chine
what they called a sworn enemy of the korean people, the united states. u.s. representatives led the drive at the u.n. to expand sanctions. security council passed a resolution last month condemning the north koreans for launching a rocket in december. >> translator: the nuclear test was carried out as part of our efforts to protect our security and independence. it is aimed at responding to the ferocious and hostile act of the u.s. to block our right to legitimately and peacefully launch satellites. >> south korean defense officials estimate the explosion measured 6 to 7 kilotons, but they note it was below 10 kilotons when suggest scientists did not achieve full-scale nuclear detonation. experts in seoul say they are preparing for another missile launch. state media trumpeted the announcement with music. people in pyongyang watched and cheered. citizens watched a large screen in public square of the north korean capital. they cheered when the state broadcasts the test a success. >> translator: i am so happy to hear that the nuclear test was successful. our country has shown its
for oscar pistorius, who had become one of the biggest names in world sports. >> republicans in the u.s. senate are still blocking the confirmation of chuckhagel -- chuck hagel as defense secretary. >> they say they will eventually approve their colleague, but first, they want more answers from the administration for last year's attack on the u.s. embassy in libya. >> let's get more information on the horse meat scandal in the europe. >> why not? officials have rated a reprocessing plant -- raided a reprocessing plant. >> that came as brussels give the go-ahead for the you-why dna testing on products and friends pointed the finger at another food-processing plant -- the go- ahead for the eu-wide dna testing. >> our inquiry shows they knew the meat labeled as beef could be horse meat -- at least they had a strong suspicion. >> horse meat in itself is as -- is not dangerous, and europe has clear rules on the food chain. of birth, the owner decides if an animal will end up on the dinner plate. it is all documented, including any medication administered. the revelation that horses were in m
. that applies to france, the u.'s second-biggest economy. new borrowing is expected to be well over the target of 3% of gdp. the ecb says france must get its deficit down. >> i believe it is in france's interest to stick to the target of a balanced budget in the medium term. only if the budget is balanced is there any room for maneuver during an economic downturn. >> de e you expect france to see growth this year of just the 0.1%. like the eu as a whole, it is not expected to see growth above 1% until 2014. >> despite all the bad news from the eurozone, german businesses think the future is looking up. the business confidence index has gone up again in february. >> it is the fourth month in a row that the index has risen. it is at its highest level in nearly a year. and to service thousands of german companies about the prospects every month. >> german carmaker volkswagen made record-breaking profits but still sees a bumpy road ahead. they took in almost 32 billion euros last year, more than ever before. >> revenues from vw subsidiary portion did particularly well, but the ceo said that the co
-- american airlines and u.s. airways say they want to join forces in creating the biggest airline in the world in terms of passengers. >> that move comes just one year after american airlines filed for bankruptcy. analysts say the merger is likely to trigger more consolidation of airlines in the u.s. >> first, it has to get pass congress, and a leading legislator has already asked if it could hurt consumers by cutting competition pam -- by cutting competition. >> the world largest airline could be created if a merger between u.s. airways and american airlines is approved. u.s. carriers dominate the global airline industry. in 2011, american airlines was in fourth place. u.s. airways in ninth. put together, the companies should have more passengers than delta, putting them in first. the supervisory boards say the deal must also be approved by the bankruptcy court that has been handling the restructuring of american airlines since late 2011. despite a mountain of debt, american airlines has done strong business in recent months, and creditors pledged to stand behind the merger. mean
had told the u.s. government about the test beforehand. and even china, north korea's sole ally, has urged pyongyang to stop before it makes matters worse. >> tensions are high in south korea. protesters denounced north korea's nuclear tests. north korean state media claim the country had exploded a more powerful bomb than it had been able to build a earlier. diplomats at the united nations security council emergency meeting also expressed alarm. >> countries around the world, including every member of this security council, agreed that this test was an extremely regrettable act that further undermines international peace and security. >> many countries will likely impose new sanctions against north korea, but observers say that china has the most leverage. >> for china, it will depend on showing that north korea has gone too far this time and it will not go without consequences for the north korean-chinese relationship. i expect that china will also decide on painful sanctions for north korea. >> china is north korea's protector, but p'yongyang carried out the nuclear test not far f
spending at companies went down 2.6%. >>> financial leaders in the u.s. are facing their own set of challenges. president obama nominated his chief of staff to be his next treasury secretary. and now jack lew is outlining what he sees ahead for the economy. ai uchida joins us now from the business desk. ai, good morning. >> good morning, catherine. jack lew, he has to win over the democrats and the republicans before he can be treasury secretary. so he's asking lawmakers for bipartisan support on fiscal reform. he says this is needed to keep the u.s. economy on the path to recovery. lew spoke to senators on wednesday. he's seeking their approval for his appointment to obama's second-term cabinet. lew said he's resolved to reduce the nation's huge budget deficit. he asked both democrats and republicans to work together to avoid automatic spending cut march on defense and other programs. >> we must put our nation back on a path of fiscal sustainability. we cannot allow the series of harmful automatic spending cuts known as the sequester to go into effect. these cuts would impose se
. state department spokesperson victoria nuland said such attacks are threatening u.s. security and american business interests. >> we are concerned about the involvement of the military. >> china's defense ministry has addressed the u.s. allegations as groundless and a defense ministry spokesperson is quoted as say the military has never been involved in military espionage. the country's ip addresses are often stolen and misused and he said that many attacks come from the united states, but china has never blamed the u.s. >>> people who work for u.s. computer giant apple say hackers have hit them too. the attack resembles one last month on employees of social networking company facebook. spokespersons for apple said some employees visited a website for software developers. software designed to attack the company's network infected their computers. the spokespersons say no user data got out. technicians have started distributing software to detect and delete the malicious software. apple managers say they're cooperating with the fbi to identify those responsible. >>> a japanese
biggest on record. >>> u.s. president barack obama has renewed his call on congress to avoid automatic spending cuts to scheduled on march 1st. >> these cuts do not have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little bit of compromise. >> obama urged lawmakers to agree on a provisional measure that combines tax increases mainly on the wealthy and some reductions in government expenditures. but the negotiations between republicans and democrats have made little progress. republicans have rejected the president's call. >> listen, the president says we have to have another tax increase in order to avoid the sequester. well, mr. president, you got your tax increase. it's time to cut spending here in washington. >> the white house warns the automatic spending cuts could curtail activities of u.s. troops deployed worldwide, cause >>> congress reached a compromise two months ago to avert the fiscal cliff crisis. a japan based free phone and messaging service is teaming up with finland's mobile phone maker nokia. they're trying to expand into emerging markets. nokia's no low
. they represent 15 countries, including japan, the u.s., south korea, china, and australia. the director of the college's research department says he hopes they can discuss each nation's participants and a way to building a regional security framework. he also commented on china's presence at the event. >> translator: china's participation has great significance, considering the timing of the meeting. >> relations have soured over a territorial dispute. china denies the clang. >>> experts with japan's nuclear regulator have thrown another wrench into plans to put power plants back online. officials have been looking at six complexes to see if they're stable. they found the one near the village of higashidori may be sitting on active faults. we have the report. >> reporter: the regulators dug into the ground. they found volcanic ash. they concluded that something under foot was not stable. they say two faults could be active. the plant's operators have a different view. they say cracks around the foot were caused by ground water. the experts say there's little evidence to support that vie
the dollar at $1.3579. >> the u.s. justice department is suing standard and poor's for its alleged role in the 2008 financial crisis. wall street investors say they were expecting the move. in 2007, the ratings agency made its fortune by giving high credit ratings to worthless mortgage debt. that debt later plunged in value, fuelling the crisis. standard and poor's denies the charges and has promised a vigorous defense. the u.s. justice department is charging. we go for more on the story. >> a green light from standard and poor's was once thought to be a mark of confidence, but that was before the company was caught out, giving glowing ratings to investments that bottomed out. u.s. authorities say s&p ignored the risks and misled investors. during the real-estate boom in the united states, banks were happy to sell mortgages to people who actually could barely afford them. that debt was bundled into bonds with other investments, and s&p gave them safe ratings in the financial markets. that is why investors snapped them up, particularly pension funds and other large investors like insuran
commanders, iran's supreme leader rejected any bilateral talks, saying the u.s. offer was an attempt to improve its poor standing in the region. >> last week at the munich security conference, the u.s. vice-president said washington was open to negotiations. the u.s. has accused tehran of seeking nuclear weapons. iran says its research program is solely for peaceful purposes. we will go to egypt now where leaders of 57 muslim nations have called for serious dialogue between syria's government and the opposition. >> capping off a two-day summit in cairo, the organization of international cooperation urged syrian officials to pave the way for a political transition to put an end to the syrian civil war. the statement comes as the country yet again saw more fierce violence. in europe, the european central bank chief mario draghi says the recent rise in the value of the european currency, the euro, shows markets are indeed confident in the currency's stability. he pledged to keep a close eye on the economic impact of a strong euro. that pushed the currency slightly lower in trading. >> b
families in western europe or the u.s., but american couples are now blocked from adopting. president vladimir putin has tightened the laws, arguing that russia can take care of her children herself, but not everybody is convinced. and that invalid's home 90 four near st. petersburg is one of the better orphanages -- >> invalid home #four near st. petersburg is one of the better orphanages, but the children are still left alone for long periods of time. volunteers helped care for the children. they do what they can, but they would like to do more. >> if you interact with the children several times a week, you can tell that they become a bit more alert and take in more of their surroundings. >> home number four dates back to the soviet era. it houses nearly 400 children. for 10 years now, natalia has been coordinating volunteers from germany. she says they often take better care of the children. >> russia still has a way to go. heare, an invalid is not seen as a complete person. there are many who think the children get too much care. the main thing is they are out of sight, out of min
at home after several days in washington. he returned after delivering an important message to u.s. president obama. nhk world explains. >> reporter: shinzo abe has vowed to get the economy growing again during his second shot at power. the prime minister told americans that he was back and so was japan. he and president barack obama issued a statement that signaled abe might be leaning towards joining the asians on the transpacific partnership. they said japanese officials would not have to abolish tariffs on rice or other agricultural products before beginning the talks. abe told obama he may increase defense spending. he said he's even considering allowing japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense, the right to defend an ally under attack. the official position of the japanese government is that collective self-defense is against the constitution. abe explained japan's position on the senkaku islands. japan purchased the islands in september. chinese ships have entered japanese waters around them repeatedly over the last several months. >> translator: president obam
figure. china was the biggest clean energy investor at $70 billion followed by the u.s. with 40 billion. japanese investors are also cleaning up their act. they boosted spending to $16 billion after serious power shortages following the fukushima nuclear crisis. professionals say it's an industry with limitless potential. >> renewable energy in japan is a huge opportunity for us. so we need to try to dominate 10 times or 20 times from now within five years. that is my expectation. >> reporter: visitors here are energized by these innovations. they're beginning to think a renewable planet might not be so far away. rina nakano, nhk world, tokyo. >>> officials at japan's nuclear regulatory body have released new evacuation guidelines for any future power plant disaster. the announcement is about one month behind schedule. the nuclear regulation authority says residents within five kilometers of a disaster-stricken nuclear plant must evacuate before the release of radioactive substances. iodine tablets will be distributed to households within five kilometers of a nuclear plant. iodine helps
million to help the opposition provide basic services in services in rebel- controlled areas to >> the u.s. senate has confirmed the appointment of jack lew as u.s. secretary of treasury -- as treasury secretary. he will be sworn in later today. >> police in australia have made a record seizure of the drug methamphetamine. they discovered almost 600 kilograms of the drugs hidden in a chemical shipment from china. the estimated read value is 350 million -- street value is 350 million euros. three arrests have been made. >> bayern munich fans are celebrating their team's victory. it was a long time coming. emmy bayern's second win over dortmund in the past three years -- only iron -- bayern's second win over dortmund in the past three years. >> bayern's top dogs could not have been more pleased. >> we played some perfect football. it does not get any better. >> a year and were the better team from the outset -- bayern were the better team from the outset. there was a score in the 43rd minute. the game's only goal. >> we just wanted to win. we wanted to show everyone what good form we are in.
largest film market after the u.s., and everyone wants to get in there because it is where the money is to be made. it has gotten so that in hollywood everyone wants their films to be played in china so they will get their scripts approved because if you do not have china nowadays, you will not make any money, and i think that is reflected even in a very respected our house festival like berlin that the future of the global industry is china. >> what can you tell us about the interest from china at the berlinale? >> obviously, "the grandmaster" is the biggest film coming out of china right now. the director is very successful and very well known in europe because most of his previous films have been very european, emotional traumas shot in a beautiful french style. this film is different. it has a bit of that, but it is a martial arts action movie, so it is an interesting combination of the two worlds. it played very well in china. i too will be interesting to see how it plays to a european audience. >> what about the european and german hopefuls? >> i am not sure -- there was one ge
, nagano, japan. >>> for those who plan to travel to the u.s. this weekend, they may be in for rough weather. meteorologist robert speta has the forecast. robert? >>>. >> yeah, gene, across much of the u.s., specifically new england and to the northeast here. it's going to be a very rough go. there are several ingredients on the table. it is going to be horrible travel conditions. this is horrible weather here. we have first down here towards the south, this storm system continuing to push off here towards the east. that is going to be pulling in all this warm air, all of this moisture in from the gulf of mexico. meanwhile look off towards the north. this high pressure over portions of new england into quebec, that is just an arctic air mass that has been sitting here, even feeling for this system bringing snowfall into portions of michigan and across the great lakes. while going into friday, this system down here towards the south is going to be working its way off here towards the north. then friday evening that is going to start to interact with the systems in and across portions
, but demand from customers in the u.s. and china is more than making up for it. and it is not just hugo boss. 2012 saw german exporters selling almost 1.1 billion euros worth of goods to international customers. that is 3.4% up from the year before. the value of imports rose as well, but at a more moderate pace. 2012 saw germany's second highest trade surplus since the recession began. >> for a look now on how the german trade numbers move the markets, here is a report from frankfurt. >> not many people here at the exchange dare to give a forecast where -- as to if german exports this year will be as strong as last year's. one factor which supported exports last year was the relatively low euro/dollar exchange rate, and nobody can tell what it will do this year. on the stock trading floor in frankfurt this friday, the dax managed to climb slightly towards the end of the trading day. also thanks to a positive development of the u.s. trade deficit. but still, traders are not heading into the weekend in a positive mood. outlooks that companies have been giving, and of course on the trading week
group. they claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing outside the u.s. embassy early this month. after the break, the problems of cross-border love in the eu. >> and goal line technology finally upon us. stay with us. >> welcome back. being a citizen of an eu member countries has brought many new rights and benefits, such as the right to free movement within the trading bloc and the right to work in any other member country, but exercising those rights is still sometimes a little more complicated than one would expect. >> today in brussels, the eu prominent commissioner discussing every day hurdles that many citizens face in the you. they will be looking a practical solutions, especially when it comes to the right of free movement. >> with 2013 officially declared as the year of the european citizen, we found out exactly how tricky it can be to live the e you dream. >> he is the very academy of a modern uses and here the 26- year-old german studied in the netherlands, works and lives in belgium, and is married to a finn. she understands the challenges of relocating from one coun
, the fed, will continue to support the u.s. economy with so-called quantitative easing, basically printing money in order to kickstart the economy. italy itself had some good news. it sold 10-year bonds. the investment amount was met by investors. italy did have to pay higher interest rates but not quite as high as people had feared. >> you can see bounce back on the board there in frankfurt. it was pretty much the same thing across europe. over to new york where the dow jones is putting on an impressive 1.03%. the euro trading up. eads has good news for investors. profits up by 19% last year. >> defense giant bae did not take as much of a toll a stock. >> the forecast is also positive. >> for eads, 2012 could have been worse. despite production and delivery problems, technical glitches, and a merger that never got off the ground, the bottom line was solid. the ceo said its airbus unit set a new sales record. >> we have a strong revenue growth overall for the entire group of 15%. operating margins have been considerably higher. i would say we are well on our flight path towards our target
people confirmed dead and four injured. four others are missing. analysts with the u.s. geological survey say the magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit around lunchtime on wednesday. the quake sparked warnings across the south pacific. observers from the pacific island center reported a wave about 90 centimeters high reached the coast of nando island. ngo workers on nando say it washed away at least 100 houses. they add the supply of electricity and water has been disrupted and some parts of the island have been flooded, including the airport. >>> two major japanese automakers have revised upward their profit estimates for the fiscal year through march. the decline is a prime factor for improving their earnings outlook. mazda motors says it expects to post $480 million in operating profit. that's up 80% in yen terms from its previous estimates. the weaker yen improved export margins. mazda's president is hoping for further depreciation of the yen. he says 100 yen to the dollar would be a desirable level for exporting firms to achieve a stable performance. meanwhile, fudgi heavy industries, making
any of the coverage, just log on to our website, www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld. >>> people in northern u.s. are bracing for the worst winter storm to hit the area this season. robert speta is here with the forecast. robert? >> that's right. this is going to be one of the storms for the record books. continuing to push off the coastline here. already into new york. you're starting to see the snow fall. it does look like going into massachusetts, all the airports in and around this area have been closed. over 3,000 flights canceled on friday and even into saturday as well here just due to the two storm systems. you can start to see them on e analysis on saturday. one storm coming in from the west and across the great lakes, this is dropping some heavy snowfall. but at the same time, we have this moisture inflow from a separate low pressure area that started to move in from the south. it is just heavy snowfall. 60 sent meters of snow in and around the boston area. that will be absolutely crippling. actually, into new york city, the mayor has asked people to stay indoors. just call in if you
this year. the german market also takes a step forward, but u.s. markets are closed because of a holiday. draghi and others in focus of the economy recovering. the german recovery in a modest pace. >> the dax finished up by nearly .5%. eurostoxx 50 up just a bit. the euro trading slightly higher, $1.3350. venezuelan president hugo chavez has made a surprising return of from cuba where he had another surgery for cancer and treatment. but she had not been seen since undergoing a fourth operation last december. his supporters turned out in numbers to welcome him back home. >> celebration on the streets of caracas. they're coming out to show their joy of the president's return. >> welcome back to venezuela. >> we love you. there is an entire population and that will support new always. >> it to the speculation to rest, he released these pictures showing him with his daughters. he appears alert and in good spirits. they broadcast messages from members of the government will commingle leader back. he told them that the president was in good condition but would be continuing his cancer treatmen
it is willing to negotiate peace deal under u.s. and russian guidance, but it said any talks will not include president assad. i asked our correspondent with the chances are that this meeting will produce anything. >> basically, the syrian opposition is trying to put its house in order. the head of the national coalition was offered a few days ago talks with people of the regime that do not have blood on their hands. it is not everyone in the opposition agreeing with the opposition, especially the islamists and muslim brotherhood. the big question would be also if this proposal will be accepted by the various militant groups in syria where the syrian opposition outside really does not have control. >> thank you very much. >> i just past two years, syria has become the middle east coast and most troubled and dangerous region. >> its government is shrinking if not falling apart. militias are rising in power, and the entire world is well aware that syria has chemical weapons and a strong alliance with iran. from lebanon to israel, from cairo to washington, worries are greater than ever that syri
for eurozone stability. the dollar is also on the decline. >> the u.s. justice department is squaring off against lawyers from bp to determine liability from the 2010 gulf oil spill begins. the court will say they focused more on cost cutting than safety which led to the rig explosion that caused the spill. >> it killed 11 workers and leaked hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil into the gulf over three months. >> german chancellor angela merkel on turkey -- in turkey holding talks with the prime minister. this comes amid growing frustration over the lack of progress in succession talks with european union. >> she has made no secret in her opposition of their joining the e.u. nonetheless, she wants the talks to continue. >> they met in an agora. the visit was meant to show that ties between the two are close despite a lack of progress on the eu talks. earlier, the meeting with the president and to send a similar signal. also highly symbolic, the chancellor's trip to the border region with syria. german patriot missiles have been deployed there along with some 300 german soldiers to prot
and the alliance's free direction. >> translator: i can confidently say the trusting bond in the u.s.-japan alliance are completely restored. >> obviously, japan is one of our closest allies, and the u.s.-japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the pacific region. >> the leaders say they'll take decisive action in response to north korea's missile launches and korean testing. they'll walk together on a new u.n. security resolution and tougher sanctions. abe also spoke about sanctions in the east china sea. japan controls tehe territory bt china and taiwan claim it. he said they would respond calmly to china's challenges and he noted that japan's alliances act as a stabilizing factor. obama issued a statement on the u.s.-led negotiations for the partnership free trade agreement. they say japan or any other nation that joins the negotiations will not be required to promise to eliminate all tariffs. abe is under pressure from japanese farmers to stay out of the ttp. later he expanded on the state of japan-china relations in light o
of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave. the meeting they hold to choose a successor. >>> u.s. and south korean marines have given reporters a glimpse of their first joint winter drills. the marines started training together last week in the south korean mountain town of pyeongchang. they're improving their combat skills. about 400 marines practiced in a temperature of minus 10 degrees celsius. they shot at targets while skiing down a mountain and rappelled down a cliff with guns in their hands. the marines regularly train together. they say they want to be ready to deal with any attack from north korea. they've never drilled together in winter before. south korean leaders believe training in the harsh environment will help them work more closely together. the exercises are scheduled to last until friday of next week. >>> a new commander has taken charge of international forces in afghanistan. he says he's determined to improve the abilities of afghan soldiers before foreign troops pull out. u.s. marine general joseph dunford took charge of the nato-led force in kabul. >> toda
. u.s. labor department spokespersons say the unemployment rate for january edged up to 7.9%. it was 7.8% in the previous month. it stayed below 8% for five straight months. american employers added 157,000 jobs in the non-farm sector. analysts had expected 180,000. employment in the retail sector rose by 33,000. transportation in warehousing shed about 14,000 jobs. the latest u.s. labor report shows employers added more jobs in 2012 than previously estimated, but economists are also focusing on the weaknesses the january data exposed. here's the chief economist from the daiwa capital markets america. >> on the positive side, there were no upward revisions to pass job data on job growth. if you look at the data for 2012, we are now looking at 180,000 jobs per month rather than an average of 153,000 per month. that's a noeshl upward revision, and it shows that the labor market stronger than we thought it was previously. on the disappointing side, though, for the month of january, we did not have this same strong job growth. job growth came in at 157,000, which is a little bit lighter th
promoted the development of nuclear weapons. he said the nuclear test this week was a fair response to a u.s. violation of north korea's legitimate plight to the satellite. they said they will step up to defend the country's sovereignty. >>> researchers in the united states believe north korea could be preparing a new missile launch in the wake of tuesday's nuclear test. their knowledge is based on recent sightings of a site east of thecountry. they looked at images of the site. they compared photos taken in january with shots from three months earlier. they show a crane pointing in a different direction. part of the launch pad is also being cleared of snow. researchers say this activity could point to another missile test. the researchers also report that a new launch pad is being upgraded. they say it's benefiteen fitted three large planes. they talked about the one in iran. researchers estimate the construction could be completed in 2016. they say it would enable north korea to launch rockets three to four times larger than previous versions. north korean officials used the site for long
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